1950 - 1951

The Quaker Girl

The quiet of a humdrum English village with a considerable Quaker population is disturbed by the arrival of the Princess Mathilde, an exiled Bonapartist, whose purpose is to secretly marry captain Charteris, a King's Messenger, in spite of her family's decision that she shall wed a certain Prince Carlo, to whom they have engaged her. She stays at the "Chequers" Inn and engages as her maid Phoebe, a village girl in love with Jeremiah, a Quaker, somewhat slow to respond. There is, naturally, much curiosity and speculation among the villagers as to who the Princess is, but Mrs Lukyn, the landlady of the Chequers remains mum on the matter.

Prudence, a charming Quaker Girl, strikes up an intimate friendship with the Princess, visiting her daily at the Inn. Apart from Jeremiah, the Quakers sternly disapprove of this, but Prudence continues the friendship. Charteris duly arrives from Paris, accompanied by Tony Chute, an American naval attache in Paris, and Madame Blum, a Parisian Modiste. Arrangements are completed for the wedding, to which the Princess invites Prudence.


After the wedding the Princess desires Prudence to go to Paris with her, a desire which is earnestly shared by Madame Blum, who feels that the Quaker costume will create a new mode. And so the Princess, Charteris, Madame Blum and Tony return to Paris accompanied by Prudence, Phoebe and Jeremiah. The Quaker costume takes Paris by storm and the Maison Blum becomes a hive of bustling activity and confusion, into which, in various disguises, the Chief of Police penetrates, seeking information regarding the Princess whom Madame Blum is - rightly enough - suspected of hiding. Whilst the Princess is at Maison Blum, disguised as a shop girl, with Charteris always haunting the place in consequence, Prudence has become a model and incurred the wrath of Diane, a Parisian Actress, because of her association with Tony Chute. Meanwhile, the Prince visits the Maison Blum and is so captivated by Prudence that he decides to hold a Ball in her honour. Tony, much in love with Prudence, objects to her associating with the Prince and requests her not to attend the Ball, but she eventually goes in order to save the Princess from arrest. At the Ball, Duhamel, Minister of State, announces that the Princess' marriage in England to Charteris is quite legal, and that she has permission now to reside in Paris. As is only to be expected the play therefore ends happily for all; Tony marrying his Quaker girl and Phoebe finally succeeding in bringing Jeremiah to the point.


Musical Director: H. Bramwell Bailey

Dance Arrangement: Nesta Toumine

Cast

Agnes Bourassa

Ensemble

Aileen Ryan

Ensemble

Al Hussey

Ensemble

Alan Holmes

Monsieur Duhamel (Minister of State)

Alan Holmes

Ensemble

Alison Thomas

Prudence (a Quaker Girl)

Audrey Gignac

Ensemble

Bernice McFadyen

Ensemble

Bessie Carson

Ensemble

Bob Taylor

Ensemble

Cecil Garland

Ensemble

Charles Kerr

Jeremiah (a Quaker)

Darwin Aitkins

Ensemble

Dermot Sladen

Nathaniel Pym (a Quaker)

Desmond Arthur

Ensemble

Dorine Black

Ensemble

Edna Peters

Ensemble

Eileen Mahoney

Phoebe (Maid to Princess Mathilde)

Eleanor Whitworth

Ensemble

Freda Lyon

Princess Mathilde (an Exiled Princess)

George Dupuis

Captain Charteris (King's Messenger)

George Montgomery

Prince Carlo (Affianced to Princess Mathilde)

Grace Schultz

Ensemble

Grant Glennie

Ensemble

Henriette Burroughs

Ensemble

Isabel Keegan

Ensemble

Ivan Mitchell

Ensemble

Jean Halley

Ensemble

Jean Tickner

Madame Blum (of the Maison Blum, Paris)

Jean Wilson

Ensemble

Jim MacKersie

Ensemble

John Fish

Tony Chute (Naval Attache at American Embassy)

Juliette Sabourin

Ensemble

Kathryn Kay

Ensemble

Kay Adams

Ensemble

Larry Costen

Ensemble

Leona Carson

Ensemble

Louise LaFleur

Toinette (Head Salesgirl at Maison Blum)

Margot Coldwell

Ensemble

Marguerite Allan

Ensemble

Marie Lee

Ensemble

Marilyn Moor

Diane (a Parisian Actress)

Marion Deavy

Ensemble

Mary Allen

Rachel Pym (a Quakeress)

Mary Armitage

Mrs. Lukyn (Landlady of "The Chequers")

Mary Barrette

Ensemble

Maureen Geraghty

Ensemble

Melva Anthony

Ensemble

Mildred Ker

Ensemble

Mitchell Patterson

Ensemble

Norma Besserer

Ensemble

Ralph Hopkins

Ensemble

Richard Wood

Ensemble

Rose McCallum

Ensemble

Ruby Rutkowski

Ensemble

Shirley Needham

Ensemble

Ted Hothersall

Jarge (Village Crier)

Ted Hothersall

Ensemble

Theresa Doyle

Ensemble

William Wright

William (Waiter at "The Chequers")

William Wright

Monsieur LaRose (Chief of Police, Paris)

Production

Alec MacLaurin

House Manager

Andrew Nash

Scenery Designer Act I

Christine McCulloch Allan

Prompting

Desmond Arthur

Stage Manager

F.L.C. Pereira

Publicity

Grant Glennie

Scenery Designer Act II & III

Joseph E. Webb

Producer

Malabar Toronto

Costumes

Percy May

Programme

Roy Sylvestre

Lighting

Winifred Canty

Accompanist

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